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for having me. >> michael: shelby county alabama, has brought the supreme court challenge to the voting rights act. states like alabama, they say shouldn't be singled out. how do you respond to that? >> well, shelby county is about the last -- shelby county alabama is about the last place in the world that has standing to make that argument. they have been found in violation of the voting right's act innumerable times, and the basic response is while things may have gotten better in the south, there is still a significant body of evidence both developed by congress in 2006, and then developed over the course of the 2012 election that voter suppression efforts targeted minorities and are alive and well out there in these covered jurisdictions. so the voting right's act is as vital as ever. >> michael: i want to ask you, we were talk about shelby county, alabama, does it have to be a blanket changing of the voting right's act or is there a process where they can go and say we want to be exempt from this now? is there a petition process to get off of this probatio
, and redistricting maps in texas, all under section five. federal courts agreed in most cases. but today, shelby county alabama legal experts, paid for, by a conservative activist, said they were wrong to react, because basically, racism is now a thing of the past in the south. >> i was 24 years old when we came under section five. i'm 73 last weekend. and we are still under the same formula, none of which has applied to us in many, many, many years. >> section five currently covers alabama, alaska, arizona, georgia, louisiana, mississippi, south carolina, texas and virginia. and some jurisdictions in several other states, including new york. during oral arguments, justice sotomayor spoke on the litigation permitted to catch the new forms of discrimination practices being developed. as the court struck down one form, the states would find another. justice scalia said the courts should be skeptical because it would be damaging for politicians to vote against the perpetuation of racial entitlement for minority voters. here was reverend al sharpton on the steps today. >> last year the id lines, and
case is called shelby county versus holder. it's happening because a county in alabama is challenging the legality of section five of the voting rights act which says nine states and parts of seven others are required to get permission from the justice department before they're able to change their voting laws. these areas are designated because they have a history of racial discrimination at the polls. but shelby county, alabama, among others argue that this history is now in the past. they say section five of the voting rights act is obsolete and the federal government can simply trust them from now on. are they right? >> no, no, they're not right. >> oh, they're not? >> no. this law was reauthorized by congress overwhelmingly in 2006. you better believe if shelby county could be trusted, if all these other jurisdictions could be trusted, congress would have shelved the voting rights act and section five when they had a chance to during the reauthorization. martin, look at this, in 2006 it passed the house 390-33. it passed by 98-0 in the senate. you can't get votes like that in con
. shelby county, alabama, brought the case saying the law was outdated. outside the court hundreds of protesters from shelby county rallied to support the law as it is. the nine justices are expected to meet in private to discuss the merits of the case. >>> it is time now for weather. bill karens is here with the forecast. good morning. >> a rainy forecast in the northwest. avalanche threat, too, because of the heavy rain. that's how we'll end our february. temperatures are mild and that's why we are not too concerned with a ton of snow in the cascades. they'll do more melting than anything else. snow level above 5,000 feet. we got a plume of the moisture off the pacific, so it will be a good soaking. we have seen rain overnight and last night. now it will rain all day today and should sneak up more to british columbia throughout a majority of the day tomorrow. notice about northern california upwards is where we are dealing with the rainy forecast. and you can already see on the radar it is a big umbrella day all along i-5. eventually up to bellingham, but all the rain down south
and noticeably deficient. the supreme court will hear this case this week, shelby vs. holder. which it ruled in the favor of shelby count -- if ruled in the favor of shelby county, alabama, would take us back 50 years and undo protections granted in the voting rights act. some argue we no longer need some of these protections provided in the voting rights act. some argue we have achieved equality and justice for all. some argue that section five is outdated because racism has been eviscerated. it is true we've come a long way and times have changed. but the unfortunate fact is we have not changed enough. let's look at the facts. this past november, people across this nation had to wait in line to vote for hours in places such as miami, tampa, richmond, charlotte, andra league. -- and raleigh. sometimes people waited six, seven, or eight hours to exercise their fundamental right to vote. in the president's state of the union address, president obama had a guest a woman by the name of desilene victor who waited six hours in florida to vote, she was 102 years old. this is simply unacceptable an
the same form, none of which applied for many, many years. >> the shelby county attorney after his arguments to a supreme court where the justices seem to be signaling skepticism about the 1965 voting act. we are joined by the new president of the naacps legal defense fund arguing this case. it is not looking good, at least, if one can read the tea leaves based on today's arguments. let me hear your response. >> i didn't argue the case, one of our great lawyers argued. >> aware of that. >> we were not at all discouraged by the argument today. i think it was a very rigorous argument. i think the shelby county attorney would have to say he was grilled heavily as well, as it should be. this is a serious matter. when the court heard the case in 2008, the court engaged in rigorous questioning. we were not put off by that. what we were thrilled to hear is that all of the members of the court who addressed the issue seem to be clear that shelby county, alabama has not made the kind of progress that allows it to come out from the voting right act. we heard the justices express concerns abo
you to meet today. her name is shelby. she is 12 years old. it wasn't long ago that she would have needed a wheelchair to be with us. for nearly her entire life, she was a prisoner to a rare and unknown neurological disorder that prevented her from speaking. she could not hold up her head. she had trouble eating and breathing. her case had the doctors stopped. shelby some researchers at the center for rare childhood disorders) arizona -- saw a researchers at the center for rare childhood disorders) arizona. they prescribed a treatment plan. the results speak for themselves. shelby, i am so happy you are with us today. please stand so that we may applaud you and your courage. [applause] i have been in public life and long time. you know i speak my mind. i do it i think is right. a lot like arizona herself. our state has never shied away from tough decisions. we have been a national leader when it comes to everything from battling federal mandates, to pushing the feds to live up to their responsibilities. it should be no surprise that when it comes to management, of our precious natu
appropriations. i just want to say this about our committee that i discussed with senator shelby. we want to do with sequester. we also want to deal with the issues of the c.r. versus omnibus. we don't want a government shutdown. we are looking, we are working with our house counterparts on this. so we don't want that either. also, when the president budget, i'm asking my subcommittee chairs and my ranking members to move out swiftly and smartly to begin their hearings. this committee, the administration is late in cementing its budget, it's going to meet its prime line of holding hearings and being ready for markup in late spring and on the floor this summer. we are in this committee willing to make every effort to have a regular order and follow the traditions of calendar to do that. so 2014 will have real hearings, we're going to have real debate, real discussions and a regular order. and i want to thank senator shelby for the wave we are working to meet this -- to make this work. senator boozman? >> thank you, madam chairman, it's good to be a. mr. warfel, i think i'm correct in stating tha
, has it changed enough? here's chief legal correspondent jan crawford. >> reporter: in shelby county-- like in most parts of alabama-- the question is whether the state's racist past must forever define it. 50 years ago, alabama was the center of the civil rights movement. protesters endured fire hoses, arrests, bombings, and the fight for equality. one result was the voting rights act. one provision of the act section 5, still requires all or part of 16 states-- mostly in the south-- to get approval from the justice department before changing voting procedures or electoral maps. >> section 5, which is what we're attacking, was never intended by congress to be permanent. >> reporter: shelby county lawyer frank ellis is at the heart of the battle to eliminate section 5 and force the federal government to treat alabama and other covered states like the rest of the country. >> they're still using the same criteria to determine whether these 16 states that are covered, they're still using the same test that they used in 1965. >> reporter: what's wrong with that? >> what's wrong with that
. >> reporter: in shelby county, like in most parts of alabama, the question is whether the state's racist past must forever define it. 50 years ago alabama was the center of the civil rights movement. protesters endured fire hoses, arrests, bombings in the fight for equality. one result was the voting rights act. one provision of the act, section 5, still requires all or part of 16 states, mostly in the south, to get approval from the justice department before changing voting procedures or electoral maps. >> section 5, which is what we're attacking, was never intended by congress to be permanent. >> reporter: shelby county lawyer frank ellis is at the heart of the battle to eliminate section 5 and force the federal government to treat alabama and other coverage states like the rest of the country. >> they're still using the same criteria to determine whether these 16 states that are covered are still using the same test that they used in 1965. >> reporter: what's wrong with that? >> what's wrong with that? things have changed in the south. this is a dynamic society.
in the supreme court justices picking up a case called shelby county versus holder. headline in "the new york times," voting rights law draws skepticism from justices. doug kendall is the founder and the president of the constitutional accountability center here in washington and joins us in studio. hey, doug, good to see you. >> good morning, bill. >> bill: so shelby county, alabama, is challenging the voting rights act which was first adopted signed by lyndon johnson in 1965, renewed again by congress in 2006. >> that's correct. >> bill: so shelby county says what, we should be able to discriminate against blacks if we want to? >> that the south has changed so much we no longer need the voting rights act. it was a good law when passed. it was needed at that time. they admit freely they were bad actors in 1965 but they argue that oh, now things have changed so much that we no longer need the federal supervision of what we do. >> bill: particularly is -- revolves around section five, correct? as i understand. section five requires what? >> section five requires that places like shelby county
. but shelby county, alabama says the law has outlived its time. frank ellis is the county attorney. >> we ask for some recognition that we and these other covered jurisdictions have made great strides over the last 48 years. i was 24 years old. i've been the county attorney since 1964. i was 24 years old when we came under section 5. i'm 73 last weekend and we're still under the same formula, none of which has applied to us in many, many, many years. >> brown: president obama has recently voiced support for upholding the voting rights act. he's said that if part of the law is struck down, it will be harder to prevent acts of voting discrimination. the case provoked some tough questioning at the court today. and of course marcia coyle of the "national law journal" was there and is back with us tonight. so, marcia, tell us a little bit about the challenge from shelby county. why this particular county what's their argument? >> this case was teed up by an organization here in washington, d.c. known as the project for fair representation. the organization's goal is to eliminate racial and ethnic
court, attorneys for shelby county, alabama, will say that special protection for minorities is outdated. they want to change it. that's in spite of the fact that the voting rights act was reauthorized by president george w. bush back in 2006. frankel liss, an alabama attorney says registration of white minority voters in shelby county, alabama, has been the same for a decade. his quote was the south has changed. it's not the same as it was in 1964. the whole country has changed. we are a dynamic society, not just in alabama, but everywhere. wait a minute, not everywhere. in florida last year, the justice department had to step in time and time again to stop governor rick scott from purging minority voters from rural voting roles and eliminating early voting. thankfully, attorney general eric holder knows minority voting suppression is real. >> it is the position of this department of justice and this attorney general that we will vigorously defend and vigorously use section 5. the need for it is still there. >> make no mistake, this is all about politics. the washington attorney for she
arguments today in a case brought by shelby county in alabama. during the hearing, a key provision of the voting rights act came under attack. it's section 5. section 5 gives federal authority over voting rights in states with histories of racial discrimination. it has been reauthorized by the congress, my friends, on four different occasions. we've been down this road. recently section 5 was invoked to block discriminatory voter id laws in texas and in south carolina. although conservative supreme court justice antonin scalia dismissed the protects of the voting rights act as a perpetetuation of racial entitlement. it shocked a lot of americans today. scalia continued whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes. meaning congress has no clue what they're doing, we'll take care of it here at the court. this man is a supreme court justice. to him the constitutional right to vote is a racial entitlement, question mark? it sounds like scalia is on the same side as the attorneys representing shelby county,
-american experience, here in the united states. i had heard of marcus shelby and had been in join his work but never had the opportunity to meet him. we were brought together by the equal justice society specifically for this project. we were charged with beginning work. marquez and i spent a lot of time addressing our own position on the death penalty, our experiences with people who had been incarcerated, family members, friends of friends. pulling our information. beyond that, we did our own research. to create a picture that resonated with humanity. it is the shape of a house. in this context, it is also small and acts like a cell. i thought that was an interesting play on how these people make these adjustments, half to create home. what is home for these people? the home is their cell. people talk a lot about noise -- very noisy in prisons. that is interesting to me. looking at the communication level, the rise of frustration of being caged, wondering, where does redemption fit into the equation here? [singing] i think both of us really believe the death penalty is wrong, and is flawed for man
everybody that a lower court rules against shelby in which it says that overt racial discrimination persists in covered jurisdictions. a "the washington post" editorial says protecting the right to vote is of such importance that congress should have the authority to use strong measures to protect it. how do you predict the arguments will go today? >> it is going to be tough because over the last 30 years we've looked at the record of supreme court justice roberts and his track record on this issue. he has been a person who has been against the voting rights act. he wrote several memos during the reagan administration to the justice department that, you know, flew in the face of the section 5 and other sections of the voting rights act in feeling it had youd lived its usefulness. we know its useful in evidence is right when we look at places like here in georgia. john lewis is the congressman here and we certainly honor the fight and stand he took for atlanta and around the south. that fight just isn't over. when you look at the new voting i.d. laws they're pressing in georgia and texas and
combination of short-term and long-term fiscal adjustments. >> thank you very much. >> senator shelby. >> thank you. mr. chairman, welcome again to the committee. the balance sheet of the fed is $3 billion, is that about right? >> yes, sir. >> you said it then, didn't you? it's about $3 trillion. >> yes, sir. >> you studied the fed a long time before you ever came to the fed. has there ever been of balance sheet close to that? >> i don't think so. >> no. okay. does it concern you how you might have to deleverage the balance she'd and will that be a challenge to the fed or could it be? >> senator, i should comment though the fed hasn't had a balance sheet this side, others have. >> they paid for it, too. >> depends on your point of view. the current japanese prime minister doesn't think they have done enough. >> what do you think? >> i think this he should try to get rid of deflation. i support their attempts to get rid of deflation. in terms of exiting from our balance sheet, we put out, a couple of years ago we put out a plan, we have a set of tools, belts, suspenders, different ways
years. i've been like to turn my vice chairman, senator shelby. then we will go to the panel after that. >> thank you, chairman mikulski. thank you for your kind words. today we will hear from our witnesses on the impacts of the sequester, which is appropriate and timely. the cuts are poised to take effect in 15 days. it should be noted that the sequester is something that congress and the president set in motion, knowing full well that this day would come. the sequester would bring spending cuts that are automatic and across the board for discretionary. the formula would determine how many cuts are made and stead of what is based on economic growth, say it, and prosperity. cuts will come without regard to a program's merit. some of the most severe cuts will hit defense programs. we must reduce spending, but it should be done in a deliberate way. the sequester was supposed to be a last resort in the so- called supercommittee failed to agree upon measures. in the end, maybe stan impasse. -- they reached an impasse. we have seen the sequester coming, but we have not taken any steps to fix
chance and shelby had already been working that kylie took a year to train. this is amazing video shelby is walking this injured goose out of harm's way into safety. >> they are protected those birds by federal law. this is a technique that's allowed. it is a way to deter and harass them without physically harming them. >> reporter: for these two entrepreneurs things are looking up. their business started by chance is growing. >> we do a business complex out in walnut creek. we also have a golf course that we are going to be starting. and we do another business complex in emeryville. >> reporter: if you think you can just start a business like this yourself, a word of caution. these are highly trained licensed and bonded professionals. patrick sedillo, kpix 5. >> it's so beautiful here. >>> it felt like spring today. >> could you hear the moving trucks coming from the east coast to the west? >> they can't get stranded. they will get here friday! [ laughter ] >> don't call your friends back east unless you want to rub it in. what a difference
of the litigation team arguing shelby v. holder before the supreme court this week. and bishop harry jones, a pastor at the mount mariah baptist church in colorado and in support of the voting rights act. in 1965, over a century of the emancipation proclamation, signed into law, people of color with their exercise of the right to vote. the heart of the voting ryes action is section five which subjects any voting changes in the south and some other covered jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to a process known as preclearance. meaning these states must first clear any changes that affect the justice department or the federal court to make sure they don't have a racially biased fact. when the supreme court hears shelby versus holder that essentially says things have changed in the south. it's now antiquated, unnecessary and therefore unconstitutional. undeniably, the south say different place today than it was in 1965. and yet not one african-american has been elected to state office in mississippi, louisiana or south carolina. in the last few months states covered under section five
called him an exceptional leader, and senator richard shelby of alabama. it was kind of an underwhelming vote of confidence. shelby said, quote, he's probably as good as we're going to get, end quote. the senate returns from recess next week. >>> there are some new numbers out this morning that could impact the debate over gun violence in america. an analysis by "usa today" shows most people who died in a mass shooting were killed by someone they knew. of the more than 900 people killed in those types of attacks over the past seven years, 40% involved a family member. that's according to a breakdown of fbi records. now, yesterday vice president joe biden was just a few miles from the site of the sandy hook shooting in newtown, connecticut, where he ramped up the pressure on congress. >> people say and you read and people write about the political risk and why they're unacceptable to take on. i say it's unacceptable not to take these on. it's just simply unacceptable. it is not something we can fail to do. if you're concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about th
that the law, a landmark achievement of the civil era, was challenged by shelby county, alabama, which said the requirement outlived its usefulness. we spoke about the oral argument today on "washington journal." host: the supreme court hears a case about the voting rights act today and here to talk about with us is ari berman, contributing righter at the nation. and hang von, at the heritage foundation, thank you to you. before we get into the specifics what the supreme court is hearing today,ary, tell us about the voting rights act and its history. >> it was put into place because in 1870 the states ratified the 15th amendment which basically said that you shall not abridge or deny the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. what happened following the 15th amendment is that we got the jim crow era. so for almost 100 years black voters were disenfranchised in the south. there was a need for a new piece of congressional legislation, one that actually had teeth that would be able to enforce essentially the promise of the 15th amendment by abolishing things li
of the the members of the appropriations committee and the senate that senator shelby and i have a long-standing, personal and professional relationship. we have been through the house of representatives together. we sit on the server committee and served together. i look forward to working with him as my vice chair and continuing the tradition of bipartisanship that has been characteristic of this committee. my relationship with senator shelby is based on mutual trust, mutual respect, and the desire to move forward. we know that we will disagree on matters of policy, that if we could agree it on matters of progress i get beyond ultimatum's, government lurching from one dramatic event to another and return to regular order, the country will be better governed and the american people will be better served. this appropriations committee i will remind everyone is one of over two congressional committees -- the revenue committee gathers revenue to operate the government of the united states. the other is to make wise and prudent expenditures in the interest of the united states. we are cons
the votes to become the next secretary of defense. alabama's richard shelby a top republican is breaking ranks and says he'll vote to end the filibuster and will then vote for hagel's nomination. in a less than ringing endorsement shelby says he is probably as good as we're going to get. but 15 other republicans including marco rubio and ted cruz are continuing the fight. they sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination. the white house says that will not happen. >> just to be clear he won't be withdrawn. >> absolutely not. if any suggestion to the otherwise to the contrary might have been found in the minutes of the meetings of the friends of hamas. yeah. >> white house secretary jay carney making light of a discredited report that claimed hagel received speaking fees from a group called friends of hamas, a group that doesn't exist. let me bring in a republican strategist chip saltsman and democratic strategist morris reed. good morning, guys. >> good morning. >> morris, texas republican ted cruz is among 15 senators asking the president to dump chuck hage
. i have met with chairwoman mikulski and dick shelby, the ranking republican over there. as well as on that side, the ranking democrat on our side. we talked about this and i think there is an openness to this idea. we will see. but there are so many unrelated or semi-related things. we have sequestration, continuing need to keep the government going -- both of which are happening simultaneously -- so there are lots of pressures and costs currents letter taking place -- and crosscurrents that are taking place. i would like african keep continuing resolution summit segregated from the the really tough questions -- i would like it if we can keep continuing resolution somewhat separated from the really tough questions. >> on the sequestration question, if the american people start to see the effects of sequestration, they say fix it, can you go back maybe through the continuing resolution and retroactively and do the sequestration? >> it is a separate question and it has so many different aspects that don't relate to each other. sure, that is possible. i don't think it is realistic
to be confirmed as the nation's next defense secretary after winning support from richard shelby of alabama who took part in the filibuster. a vote is expected tuesday. meanwhile, 15 republican senators have sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination saying he lacks broad bipartisan support. >>> former illinois cop drew peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife kathleen savio. in a rare courtroom outburst 59-year-old screamed, "i did not kill kathleen." peterson is still a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife stacy. >>> a crewless russian cruise ship is adrift in the ocean after the cable snapped twice while being towed. the ghost ship has no power lights making it a threat to other vessels. the ship's owner is in talks with salvage companies to locate and retrieve it. >>> massive mutant gold fish are being found in lake tahoe. scientists believe they were dumped there by aquarium owners and could have a negative impact on the lake's species. who knew they could get that big. >>> and the deadbeat dad.
senator shelby gave his support. a vote is expected next week. 15 g.o.p. senators urged president obama yesterday to withdraw his nomination saying hagel lacked bipartisan support and the confidence to do the job. >> president obama is welcoming japan's new prime minister to the white house today arriving in washington, dc, yesterday, and is the 5 the prime minister of japan since president obama took office. they will meet today at a time of high tension stoked by a territorial dispute between japan and china. he is a keen advocate of stronger relations withed withed with, that remain key to policy in asia. >> not korea will allow phoners to visit to tweet, skype, and serve the internet on their cell phones or other mobile devices. the big decision follows last month's visit by google executive chairman. a mobile link provider will launch a network by march 1 available only to foreigners, not to those living in north korea. >> they are taking to the street to demand action on immigration reform. why these students say their families are suffering. >> an out of this world opportunity, y
year. let's start with the big gi. on wednesday, the supreme court will hear arguments in shelby county, alabama versus holder. just in case you were wondering, yes, it's attorney general, eric older the named defendant in the case. they are asking the court to review the 2006 decision to reauthorize section five of the voting rights under the 14th and 15th amendments and violated the tenth amendment and article four of the constitution. it may sound like legal mumbo jumbo. nine of the states covered as a whole and most of those in the south to get federal approval before a new election law is imposed. they challenge whether such a provision is necessary. the plaintiffs in the case don't think they need it anymore. oh, really? shelby county, let me remind you why you are one of the state that is were included under section five. you think you have come a long way since 1965, images like this one are forever engrained in the minds of men and women who endured police attacks, racism and death for the right to vote. when president johnson signed the law in 1965, americans of color get that
. >> is that not an interesting idea? >> like all good catholic boy ishe will be cfirm. >> and senator shelby will go along. >> at a distinguished american leader from alabama, former democratic senator, later republican senator, switched in 1994, and he has announced his support. >> can i have a quick comment on jesse jackson, jr.? he pled guilty to stealing $750,000. >> he did all the right things. he worked hard. he did not hold press conferences. someone has to explain to me. i went from a timex to an l.l. bean watch. when is the appeal of a $443,000 watch? >> roosevelt, churchill, it's just a long history. the tarp to be the son of a famous person. >> i talked to him right after he got any and i thought he had a very bright future. thanks. we will see you next week. what's for a transcript of this broadcast, log onto what's for a transcript of this broadcast, log onto
-elected and more minority in congress and state houses, shelby county, alabama, south of birmingham, says the law renewed in 2006 is so outdated, it's no longer constitutional. >> the america that elected barack obama is not the america of our parents. and our grandparents. >> reporter: the law requires states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval before changing how they conduct elections. all or part of eight southern states are covered. also arizona, alaska and parts of six others. it was used just last year to block strict voter i.d. laws in texas and south carolina. >> it deters and blocks voting discrimination in places in the country where that discrimination has been the most persistent and adaptive. >> reporter: today, the court's four liberals strongly defended it. justice kaygan said the formula for figuring which state needs to be covered seems to be working well since they account for 56% of all lawsuits. justice breyer said congress concluded don't change horses in the middle of the stream, because we still have a ways to go. but the court's conservatives seem to
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